House Bill (HB) 5944, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was voted out of the house on Thursday, December 4, along party lines. On Tuesday, December 9, it will be read-in, then we will find out if there will be a hearing/vote in the Senate. This bill will likely impact our profession and counseling programs at the university level. If it goes into effect, it will also challenge our ethical obligation to our clients/patients. Please read the bill and you can decide for yourself. Then contact your state representatives and proffer your position.
The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) is hosting the following public workshops. Register early and save 10%.
Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies
Ann Arbor, MI: November 20, 2014 (Early deadline: Oct. 30)
Anxiety represents our body's natural alarm system, signaling to us the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn't match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives. There is also an increasing concern for rising anxiety among children and youth. Participants will explore the natural purpose of anxiety and how it can become 'disordered,' including the link with panic, depression, trauma and other health concerns. The main focus of the workshop will be to learn practical and accessible strategies to assist both adults and children in reducing anxiety.
Depression - Practical Intervention Strategies
Ann Arbor, MI: November 21, 2014 (Early deadline: Oct. 31)
Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns and for some it can become overwhelming and at times paralyzing. Caregivers may feel unsure of where to begin when helping those who frequently feel depleted, helpless and ashamed of their struggles. This workshop introduces participants to a variety of effective strategies that can be used to help an individual who is struggling with depression make positive changes. Depression will be reviewed within the current social context and will include analyzing the impact of new social norms on depression. Participants will learn practical strategies to help engage the depressed person on two levels: changing the negative relationship within oneself and changing interpersonal dynamics that perpetuate depression.
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
Detroit, MI: October 16, 2014 (Early deadline: Sept. 25)
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal styles. Participants will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to defuse potentially violent situations.
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Public Workshop Coordinator, CTRI Inc.
CTRI provides a wide variety of workshops and services for individuals, communities and organizations affected by or involved in working with issues of crisis and trauma. Our trainers and consultants are specialists in their field who deliver content-oriented presentations that are both engaging and informative.
In 2006, Congress empowered the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) to work in the Veterans Health Administration. Despite that law being in effect for seven years, LPCs still only make up less than one percent of the VA’s total mental health workforce.
The barriers that LPCs face are the result of self-imposed VA restrictions, which impede the hiring of counselors. For instance, counselors are not integrated into a VA training program for health professionals. The VA has not called on the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) to create what is known in the federal government as an “occupational series.” This means that agencies (in this case the VA) cannot and will not create job announcements because there is no position description. If an LPC does get hired, they may end up being placed into a sub-clinical position, which means they can’t actually counsel the veterans who need help.
The VA needs to be held accountable for their actions and they need to actNOW. By their own estimates, our nation loses 18 veterans a day to suicide. How many of those veterans died without receiving the care they needed and deserved? How many veterans will we lose before the VA decides to act?
Join our Thunderclap, and on July 24th, we can all spread the word: Congress must exercise its oversight authority and force the VA to actNOW!
Leaders in the House and the Senate must move quickly to safeguard the mental health of our veterans. Specifically, federal lawmakers can demand that the VA take the following actions:
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Press Release from NBCC: NBCC announces that the Department of Defense released the final rule establishing standards for counselor participation in the TRICARE program today.
This final rule follows the previous interim final rule (IFR), which was released in December 2011 and created the initial criteria for counselor independent practice under TRICARE. The final rule modifies the IFR in response to comments and concerns expressed by the public.
NBCC has been an active proponent of independent practice rights for counselors in TRICARE for over a decade, and this rule is the culmination of that effort. The IFR granted independent practice authority to counselors, but contained a number of burdensome limitations.
NBCC believes the final rule is a significant improvement over the IFR and is pleased to see many of our recommendations were incorporated. The entirety of the rule can be read here; the highlights of the changes include the following:
The transition period educational and test requirements include:
NCCs interested in more information can review the final rule or contact the Behavioral Health Branch at 703-681-0064. NBCC is pleased with the positive improvements to the TRICARE standards found in the final rule, particularly those requirements broadening inclusion, extending the transition period and expanding access to counselors for TRICARE beneficiaries.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to announce the availability of a new brochure, Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction. Please read the announcement below and forward it to others who may be interested.
KAP List Manager
JBS International, Inc.
New Brochure for Consumers and Clients Based on Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 39, Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy
Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addictionprovides information on how family therapy works together with individual therapy for the benefit of all family members. It defines family therapy and its goals, explains how sessions are run and who participates, and provides information on the effectiveness of this form of behavioral health treatment.
Download or order your free copy today!
The brochure is available at http://kaplist.jbsinternational.com/lists/lt.php?id=cU0CAwEBV1YGHwoFBxpaDg4F or through the link below:
Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
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